My back has gone out again. This time I went to a local doctor who is doing laser treatment as well as spinal decompression. It is a big deal for me to go to a doctor, but I’m getting sick of missing golf and being in stabbing pain.
I’m also trying something new. I now have an inversion table. I just set it up yesterday. You basically “hang upside down” and let your body weight decompress your spine.
Between the doc and the inversion table, I’m doing much better one day into the tweak than I normally would.
Volvo and IMG have partnered with the Seve Ballesteros Foundation at the 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship, held at Finca Cortesin Resort and Golf Course in Casares, Spain, October 29-November 1.
Ballesteros’ foundation helps fight cancer, brain tumors, and also provides opportunities for disadvantaged young golfers. His foundation will be the the tournament’s official charity.
I’m like a fine wine. I get better with age. Yes today is my birthday.
On this day each year I post my birthday list in case Tiger Woods or some other billionaire decides to pick up a few things for me in appreciation of my incredible golf writing skills. Some of the things on my past lists have included a Porsche, practice round tickets to the Masters, 19 holes of golf with Anna Rawson. You know, easily obtainable things.
Wait a sec…
I DO have tickets to the Masters practice rounds this year. Scratch that off my list. And word has it that Anna Rawson will be in town Monday and Tuesday next week playing in a tournament here. I have a press pass! That counts, sort of. I played the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course earlier this year so that one is off the list…
So the only things left on my list are a trip to St. Andrews, golf at a few courses like Pebble Beach and Augusta National… Maybe I can drive my new Porsche to Pebble. That would be fun. Come on Tiger, get on it.
In addition to my previous post, I have to say today’s was craziest round of the year and one of the craziest ever.
I shoot +7 on par-3’s, 27 putts despite having several three putts, post FIVE birdies, one eagle and shoot 72. Crazy.
Not only that I end up with my friend’s Ping G10 driver in my bag after 11 holes. I hit it three times (as tests after hitting my Nike), all farther than my Nike despite not hitting it as well. By the time I got to #12 tee I had the driver and he wasn’t getting it back.
In the midst of possibly the craziest round EVER, where I shoot +7 on par 3’s, have a double, a triple and several three putts… I shot 72. Yes, crazy. How can I be +7 on par-3’s and shoot 72? Fireworks baby.
I played the back nine first… I got to #3 (my 12th hole) at even par. I then chunk a horrible 5-iron into the lake on this par three. The air is cold and my right hand went completely numb due to the cold and the horrible contact. I hit my 3rd shot on the green, then 3-putt. It is nice to be even par, then get a triple bogey. Let me tell you.
So I get to #4, the hardest hole on the front. We have a cold two club headwind. I stripe a hybrid down the middle. I’m 171 to the pin. I have to pull my 5-iron, the same club I gagged into the lake 10 minutes earlier.
I turned to my pal Dave and said “oh man I have to hit this club again. Well I guess it has a chance to redeem itself…”
I hit a super solid high fade right at the flag. The shot looked good in the air and ended up looking pretty close to the hole. The green is just slightly elevated so it was hard to see the ball but we could make it out.
As we walked to the hole, about 75 yards short I was telling Dave that my shot looked close but might be short. We could see it and really couldn’t tell how close it was.
Then as we walked up the edge of the green and got a better look… no ball. Many shots which hit this green go long, but no ball over the green.
There was only one place the ball could be, in the hole. I turned my camera on and recorded some commentary as Dave walked up. His thumbs up signal let me know that yes, I just score a two on the hardest par-4 on the course, into a cold two-club wind.
We figured that ball had to be sitting on the edge of the cup for at least five minutes before it dropped. Good thing we walked this round and it took that long to get to the hole. If we rode in a cart, my eagle would have been a tap in birdie.
That is my shot of the week, and shot of the year.